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Little River, CA

Coastal getaways: Little River, CA

A retro-chic hideout

The Andiron’s 1950s cabins are something out of the ordinary along the sleepy, rural stretch south of Mendocino. They don’t look it from the road, but peek inside and you’ll see that the inn’s new owners have redecorated each of the 11 redwood-paneled rooms with quirky rummage-sale finds. (Our favorite: No. 5, done up in “library chic” and nicknamed Read.)

Half the rooms have kitchenettes and wood-burning stoves; all have decks looking down the grassy hill to a fringe of cypress trees and the ocean beyond. From $89; 800/955-6478. –Christine Ryan

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